Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Alphabet soup! For those that don't know, that stands for "Monthly Goal Blog for Biggest Loser Challenge #15". For the BLC that I'm in now (my second one!), we get to write a monthly goal blog each month detailing our goals for that month. Then, on a weekly basis, we write a "WUB"--weekly update blog--evaluating how we're doing on those goals. So here goes my first MGB!
So. My goals for July are:
Stay under my calorie limit each week (and do my best to stay under each day as well). I've recently started tracking my food and exercise on LoseIt.com instead of on SparkPeople, because they do things a bit differently and I like it. You have your calorie limit for the day, but then on days that you exercise, the calories burned are subtracted from the calories you ate that day, allowing you to eat more. And if you go over on one day, it's not a huge deal because you also have a weekly budget, so you just need to make sure that overall for the week you stay under your limit. Basically, it allows for a bit more flexibility, and I feel less restricted and more in control.
Drink 8+ cups of water a day.
Train for my next 5k by wogging 2 miles each, 3 days a week.
In my wogs, I'm currently jogging 1 minute for every 4 minutes walked. I'd like to have that ratio changed to 1.5 minutes jogging for every 3.5 minutes walked by the end of this month.
Drop my mile time below 15 minutes. My fastest mile currently sits at 15:19. Work on this by doing just 1 mile once a week (in addition to my 2 miles 3 days a week).
I'm pretty sure most of those will be a piece of cake. The only one that will be a struggle is my jogging:walking ratio, because the current 1 minute feels like it takes forever, and occasionally I get nauseated and have to slow to a walk before the minute is up. But I really want to be able to jog half of the 5k I'm doing in September, so I really have to step it up. Ah, that made me think of another goal:
Create a training calendar for my 5k training wogs, detailing when to change my intervals. I know calendars like this already exist out there, but I signed up for the 5k Your Way Walk/Jog training plan on SparkPeople, and they have you jump from 1 minute jogging to 2 minutes jogging. I need smaller intervals than that, and longer times at each interval.
So there it is. My first MGB! Let's see how July goes
Saturday, June 23, 2012
But never fear...I'm still on the wagon/horse/whatever you want to call it. This week I gained 1.6 pounds (yikes!), but I'm still losing in general. Life is just crazy busy now, and I haven't had time for you guys :-( :-(
In case you want to keep up with my progress, though, I *do* faithfully keep my blog over here on blogger: passionlifelovehealth.blogspot.com/ ...so if you subscribe to RSS feeds or anything, you can follow me over there (or even bookmark/favorite it, if you want). It's the official blog of my journey, so I won't be abandoning it :-)
I think I'm co-leading for the next BLC that the 20-Somethings With 100+ To Lose group is putting on. So I will set aside time on my calendar probably twice a week to dedicate to reading my sparkfriends' blogs and interacting with teammates and such. I really *do* want to be there for you guys, I promise! I'm just having an unexpectedly super busy summer, so it will just take a little more structure and dedication to make the time to Spark.
I hope you all are doing well!!! Even if you don't have time to dedicate to spending time on SparkPeople, DON'T give up the journey! I know you can all succeed :-)
Saturday, May 19, 2012
When I first started training, I did my mile in 20 minutes. Thinking that it would be difficult to keep up that pace for 3.1 miles, I decided that my goal for the 5k would be to finish in under 75 minutes. As I continued to train, however, my mile kept getting considerably lower, and I noticed that on my longer walks, I was able to sustain faster paces for longer distances. At that point, I decided that I would shoot to finish the 5k in under an hour. Fast forward to last night. I realized that I could probably beat an hour for sure, and wanted to see how fast I could expect to be. After some calculations, I decided that if I pushed myself extra hard, I might be able to finish in 55 minutes--but that I shouldn't expect to be any faster than that.
So imagine my shock as I was approaching the finish line and saw the timer read 51 minutes and some change! I crossed after it hit 52 minutes, but knew that wasn't my "official" time. It took about a minute for me to get up to the starting line after they started the clock, so I knew that 52--which was way faster than I thought I could go--was even slower than my actual time! No joke, I thought to myself that they must have started the clock after the race had started. There's no way I finished that quickly! I wasn't able to check my chip time, though, until I got home 2 and a half hours later.
Soooo how did I do? 51:09. That's right, I finished my very first 5k not in 75 minutes, not in 60 minutes, not even in 55 minutes--but in 51 minutes and 9 seconds!
I'm flabbergasted. I had NO idea my body could move that quickly for such a sustained period of time. I don't even know what else to say. I'm partially still in shock. All I know is that this won't be my last 5k, and it *will* be my slowest time. I may have been miserable during the duration of the race itself, but I think I'm hooked on this feeling of success!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
It's that time! The Biggest Loser Challenge I'm in is almost halfway over, so it's time to stop, reflect, and reassess how things are going. Below are the goals I set before week 1, and how I've been doing on them:
--Drink 12 cups of water every day--
--Eat at least 3 servings of fruits and veggies every day-- I don't know what happened, but I have fallen off of this wagon. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I haven't gotten groceries in 2 or 3 weeks (when I really should be getting them weekly), but I think I had started slipping even before then. I will make a concerted effort to meet this goal during the second half of the challenge.
--Stay within my calorie range, and decrease it weekly until it's down to 1200-1550-- Goal partially met. I'm staying within my range, but I had a hard time staying in range the week it was 1400-1750, so rather than decrease it to 1300-1650, I increased to 1500-1850 for this week. I think the fact that I ate out a lot affected that, though, so I will try decreasing it again next week since I'll be getting groceries this weekend. If I can get the range down to 1200-1550, then that would be awesome.
--Do at least 3 body weight exercises a night and/or do a strength training video off the internet-- Holy crap I have not even come close to meeting this goal.
--Train for the 5k 3 days a week-- I'm down to about once a week. Not so hot. I'm going to try to get two times in this week, though, since the 5k is this Saturday.
--Walk (or walk/jog) a mile every day that I didn't train for the 5k-- This is also down to about once a week. Must remedy this.
--Meet my goal of steps walked every day: This has been very hit-or-miss. Haven't had a solid 7-day streak in a couple of weeks.
--Complete all the mini-challenges offered during the Biggest Loser Challenge-- I've missed a few, but am (for the most part) attempting them all.
--Cheer on and encourage my teammates by checking in to the SparkTeam daily and reading their blogs as posted-- I've been keeping up with their blogs, but haven't been checking in to the SparkTeam as frequently.
Assessment of the above:
I'm doing less than my best. However, I'm not going to beat myself up over it like the old me might have done. I recognize that this has been a learning process. I'm still trying to find what works for me. What *does* work for me: drinking 12 cups of water a day and eating in my calorie range. What needs tweaking: freggies, fitness, and my calorie range itself.
My game plan for what needs tweaking:
--Freggies: Get groceries this weekend (including lots of freggies) and make smoothie baggies to put in the freezer.
--Fitness: This is a tough one. I went for a walk/jog before work this morning, and I think I liked doing it in the morning. So I will aim to go on some kind of walk or walk/jog before work every day. As for strength training, I'm not sure how I'm going to proceed. I had goals to increase my crunches and pushups, so perhaps I should do one or the other every day.
--Calorie range: I'm going to decrease next week and see if it's more manageable once I'm eating more freggies and less restaurant food.
I haven't lost as much as I had hoped for, but it's easy to see why. I'm simply not working as hard as I could be! I don't plan to kick it into high gear for the remainder of this competition, but I *am* going to step things up a notch.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This is insane. I had only recently grown into size 26 when I decided to change my life on February 25, 2012 (the pic is dated later because I didn't take a before pic right away). I was kind of between sizes, wearing a 24 in some pants and a 26 in others. So perhaps I've only lost two and a half sizes. Either way, at 25.8 pounds down I'm fitting in pants that I haven't been able to wear in almost a year (I gained 30 pounds last year). They're a size 20! And I didn't even have to struggle to get them buttoned or zipped! In honor of how smoking hot I felt in them (lol), I took a progress pic to compare to my before pic. Today is the first day I've actually seen change that is more than just minute. And it feels AMAZING.
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